Thursday, November 10, 2016

Grand Ole Opry 11/11 & 11/12

The Grand Ole Opry has posted the line-ups for the 4 shows this weekend, as the Opry will be presenting 2 shows on both Friday and Saturday night. The reason for two shows on Friday? It is Veteran's Day and both shows will feature Charlie Daniels, who has always been a proud supporter of our veterans. Charlie will be joined on Friday night by fellow Opry members Jeannie Seely, Jesse McReynolds, Mike Snider, The Whites and the legendary Ray Pillow. All will be appearing on both shows, and it is really nice to see Ray scheduled once again on the Opry. 

Guest artists scheduled for Friday night, again for both shows, include Sean McConnell, Exile, The Grascals, Smithfield and Radney Foster. A really nice mix of artists set for both shows. 

Saturday night will include Opry members Jeannie Seely, Bobby Osborne, Mike Snider, The Whites and Connie. All are set for both shows, and actually scheduled for the same segments on each. Guest artists joining these Opry members will be Carly Pearce, Jim Lauderdale, Brett Kissel, Carson Peters & Iron Mountain, Eamonn McCrystal & Chloe Agnew, and finally, Mo Pitney. As with Friday night, a real nice group of artists scheduled. 

Friday November 11
1st show
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Jesse McReynolds; Sean McConnell
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Exile; Smithfield
8:00: Ray Pillow (host); The Grascals; Radney Foster
8:30: The Whites (host); Charlie Daniels Band

2nd show
9:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Jesse McReynolds; Sean McConnell
10:00: Mike Snider (host); Charlie Daniels Band
10:30: Ray Pillow (host); Exile; Smithfield
11:00: The Whites (host); Radney Foster; The Grascals

Saturday November 12
1st show
7:00: Jeannie Seely (host); Carly Pearce; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
7:30: Mike Snider (host); Jim Lauderdale; Brett Kissel
8:00: The Whites (host); Carson Peters & Iron Mountain; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Connie Smith (host); Eamonn McCrystal & Chloe Agnew; Mo Pitney

2nd show
9:30: Jeannie Seely (host); Carly Pearce; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press
10:00: Mike Snider (host); Jim Lauderdale; Brett Kissel
10:30: The Whites (host); Carson Peters & Iron Mountain; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Connie Smith (host); Eamonn McCrystal & Chloe Agnew; Mo Pitney

That comes out to 11 artists for each show on Friday night, of whom 6 are Opry members, while each Saturday night show will feature 12 artists, 5 of which belong to the Opry. 

And now, here is the posted Grand Ole Opry line-up from five years ago, the weekend of November 11 & 12, 2011:

Friday November 11
7:00: Bill Anderson (host); Mike Snider; Love and Theft
7:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Holly Williams
8:15: Charley Pride (host); George Hamilton IV; Dale Ann Bradley
8:45: Riders In The Sky (host); Jesse McReynolds; Guy Penrod

Saturday November 12
1st show
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Claire Lynch Band
7:30: Mike Snider (host); The Whites; Bradley Gaskin
8:00: Charley Pride (host); Jan Howard; Holly Williams; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Love and Theft; Connie Smith

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jimmy C Newman; Holly Williams
10:00: The Whites (host); Jack Greene; Bradley Gaskin
10:30: Charley Pride (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Love and Theft; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Jim Ed Brown (host); Connie Smith; Claire Lynch Band

Now from ten years ago, the weekend of November 10 & 11, 2006:

Friday November 10
8:00: Jimmy C Newman (host); Jack Greene; Buddy Jewell
8:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys
9:00: Bill Anderson (host); Charlie Walker; The Grascals
9:30: The Whites (host); Elizabeth Cook; Andy Griggs

Saturday November 11
1st show
6:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Mel McDaniel; Jimmy C Newman
7:00: John Conlee (host); Darryl Worley; Rodney Atkins; John Anderson
8:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Jan Howard; Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Bar D Wranglers; Opry Square Dancers
8:30: Bill Anderson (host); Hal Ketchum; Mandy Barnett

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Mel McDaniel; John Anderson
10:00: Riders In The Sky (host); Bar D Wranglers; Darryl Worley
10:30: John Conlee (host); Jan Howard; Daryle Singletary; Opry Square Dancers
11:00: Bill Anderson (host); Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys; Rodney Atkins
11:30: Hal Ketchum (host); Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press; Mandy Barnett

Finally, from 25 years ago, Saturday November 9, 1991:

1st show
6:30: Jim Ed Brown (host); Johnny Russell
6:45: Bill Monroe (host); Jan Howard
7:00: Jimmy Dickens (host); Wilma Lee Cooper; Osborne Brothers; The Whites
7:30: Boxcar Willie (host); Ray Pillow; Jean Shepard; Larry Boone
8:00: Roy Acuff (host); Charlie Louvin; Roy Drusky; Bill Carlisle; Opry Square Dance Band; Stoney Mountain Cloggers
8:30: Hank Snow (host); Jimmy C Newman; Jeannie Seely; Mike Snider; Charlie Walker

2nd show
9:30: Jimmy Dickens (host); Skeeter Davis; Stonewall Jackson; Stu Phillips; Larry Boone
10:00: Bill Monroe (host); The Whites
10:15: Roy Acuff (host); Jim Ed Brown
10:30: Osborne Brothers (host); Jean Shepard
10:45: Boxcar Willie (host); Charlie Louvin; Opry Square Dance Band; Stoney Mountain Cloggers
11:00: Hank Snow (host); Roy Drusky; Justin Tubb; Mike Snider
11:30: Jimmy C Newman (host); Jeannie Seely; Bill Carlisle; Johnny Russell

To finish it up, here is the Grand Ole Opry running order from 38 years ago, Saturday November 11, 1978: 

1st show
6:30: Mrs. Grissoms
Charlie Walker (host): Milkcow Blues
Wilma Lee Cooper: Bury Me Beneath the Willow
Charlie Walker: I Love You Because/Stay A Little Longer

6:45: Rudy's
Stonewall Jackson (host): My Favorite Sin
Lonzo & Oscar: Charming Betsy
Vic Willis: Shenandoah
Stonewall Jackson: Angry Words

7:00: Shoney's
Porter Wagoner (host): Ol' Slewfoot
Skeeter Davis: Only Mama That'll Walk the Line/He Will be There
Jim & Jesse: My Time is Running
Ray Pillow: She's Doing it to Me Again
Charlie Louvin: Without Love, A Fancy Place to Cry
Linda Carol Moore: Lovers Don't Always Fall in Love
Porter Wagoner: Cold Hard Facts of Life/Carroll County Accident/Green, Green Grass of Home/Big Wind's A' Comin

7:30: Standard Candy
Roy Acuff (host): Wabash Cannonball/Tennessee Central #9/Sunshine Special
Billy Grammer: Detroit City/Faded Love
Ernie Ashworth: There's No Place I'd Rather Be Tonight
Crook Brothers/Stoney Mountain Cloggers: Lafayette
Roy Acuff: Cabin in Gloryland

8:00: Martha White
Lester Flatt (host) & The Nashville Grass: Orange Blossom Special
Grandpa Jones: Dooley/Fair & Tender Ladies
Justin Tubb: What's Wrong with the Way that We're Doing it Now
Marion Worth: New Lips
Stu Phillips: There Must Be Another Way to Say Goodbye
Charlie Nixon: The Old Spinning Wheel

8:30: Stephens
Hank Snow (host): I'm Moving On
Jack Greene: Walking on New Grass/Lord I Need Somebody Bad Tonight
Jeannie Seely: Don't Touch Me
Bill Carlisle: Knothole
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Hollow Poplar
Hank Snow: My Life with You

2nd show
9:30: Kellogg's
Porter Wagoner (host): I'm Gonna Feed You Now
Charlie Walker: Pick Me Up On Your Way Down
Stonewall Jackson: My Favorite Sin
Wilma Lee Cooper: Where Is America Going
Charlie Louvin: When I Was Your Man
Linda Carol Moore: Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
Porter Wagoner: Ol' Slewfoot/On A Highway Headed South

10:00: Fender
Ray Pillow (host): Excuse Me
Skeeter Davis: I'll Fly Away
Vic Willis: Shenandoah
Ray Pillow: Another Day; Another Dollar

10:15: Union 76
Roy Acuff (host): Ball Knob, Arkansas
Jim & Jesse: Paradise
Billy Grammer: The Waltz You Saved for Me
Oswald: Mountain Dew
Roy Acuff: Glorybound Train

10:30: Trailblazer
Lester Flatt (host) & The Nashville Grass: Have You Come to Say Goodbye
Justin Tubb: What's Wrong with the Way that We're Doing it Now
Ernie Ashworth: Talk Back Trembling Lips
Blake Williams: Sunset Express

10:45: Beech-Nut
Grandpa Jones (host): I Don't Love Nobody
Stu Phillips: It's A Heartache
Crook Brothers/Stoney Mountain Cloggers: Mississippi Sawyer
Grandpa Jones: What'll I Do with Baby-O

11:00: Coca-Cola
Hank Snow (host): Ramblin' Rose
Bill Carlisle: Same Ol' Tale that the Crow Told Me/I Was On My Way to the Show
Fruit Jar Drinkers: Cacklin' Hen
Marion Worth: New Lips
Kirk McGee: Blue Night
Hank Snow: Little Buddy

11:30: Acme
Jack Greene (host): & Jeannie Seely: Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms/Sing for the Good Times
Jeannie Seely: Who Needs You
Johnny Paycheck: (?)/Slide Off of You Satin Sheets/She's My Friend; Woman; Wife/Take This Job & Shove It
Jack Greene: There Goes My Everything

There you have it for this week. Enjoy the Opry this weekend!!


  1. Funny thing, but I'd forgotten that Blake Williams worked with Lester Flatt. He later was with Bill Monroe for about 10 years, and with Mike Snider for a while. My mother used to point out that Blake always looked like he really wanted to smile, but that Mr. Monroe felt bluegrass music was far too serious for that.

  2. I was wondering if anyone knew anything about Jan Howard. I cannot remember her being on the Opry in quite some time.

  3. Jeannie Seely was on "Coffee, Country, and Cody" yesterday morning.
    She said Jan had fallen and fractured a bone in her back.
    I believe she mentioned that Jan is doing better lately and came in to help Jeannie record a humorous song "Are you sure Audrey done it this way." That type of injury sounds fairly serious to me, but I'm no doctor.

  4. I probably should have said "I THINK she said Jan had fallen and fractured a bone in her bank."

  5. I remember hearing about that happening last year. Im not sure if this is a new injury. She is scheduled to do a tribute to jean shepard later this month at the Nashville palace. Either way, i hope she feels better.

    Ive also been wondering how Mel Tillis is doing. Some of mels friends combined a video of birthday messages a couple months ago, and some mentioned in the video that mel is still in the hospital. Hopefully hes been released by now.

  6. Nice to see Mike Snider hosting on all four shows, and Ray Pillow hosting on both Friday shows. Also nice to see Jesse McReynolds on both Friday shows.

    Rich Leonard

  7. Regarding Jan Howard, yes she did hurt herself earlier this year and the information Jeannie said is right. Jan seems fine and has been out and about many times, but from what I have heard, she is basically taking it easy and I don't want to use the word retirement, as I have not heard that word used, but I think Jan really has no interest in going back and performing on the Opry. Nothing against the Opry, but the sentiment seems to be that her performing days might be behind her.

  8. Jesse McReynolds has cancelled for both shows on Friday night. Ben & Sara are the replacements.

  9. The first time we saw Mike Snider in concert was the Monroe County Fair in Bloomington, Indiana. At that time his band was Charlie Cushman, Bobby Clark and Blake Williams. This in the mid 90's. I remember Charlie and Blake talking at length with us about the Opry, Roy Acuff, Bill Monroe and others. Both were very nice guys.

    We saw Jan Howard in June at the ROPE Lunch and I have friends who went to the ROPE Awards in October and she and Jeannie Seely accepted the song writers award for Bill Anderson.

    This past Thursday we saw Rhonda Vincent in Terre Haute. She and the band performed almost two hours. Everyone in her band is very talented. The dobro player, a young man named Burke(I can't remember his first name at the moment) was playing a dobro that once belonged to Josh Graves. It had a thick neck with "Josh Graves" engraved in the side of it. They did "Papa Played the Dobro" that Flatt and Scruggs did and he did a great job. We got to talk with Rhonda for a few minutes after the show. It was a great evening! Will she ever become a member of the Opry?

    She mentioned the Bluegrass show at the Ryman a few months back with her, Jesse McReynolds, Bobby Osborne and Mac Wiseman and said she thought it was going to be available on DVD soon. Something to watch for.

    Knightsville, IN